At last, we have a cover for Stolen Secrets! It’s beautiful, and eye catching, and intriguing. I can’t wait to share it with everyone. But alas, I can’t just yet. In the meantime, I am on the hunt for people who want an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. If that’s you, drop me a line. I am so excited to share this book. It’s been a labor of love for so long, I don’t dare admit the years of marination out loud. Let’s just say the idea has been circulating in my head for longer than some of my target readers have been alive. Truthfully, the concept was overwhelmingly wonderful, and it took me ages to get the courage to actually write the thing. But now it’s almost done–the final round of edits comes any day now. Soon, it will be out of my hands and into yours. Oh, and hey, you are invited to my launch party at Book Passage on Saturday, September 23rd at 5 p.m. Let’s celebrate together.
Here’s the most curious thing that happens to me: Whenever I’m working on a new project, synchronicities appear like a knight on a white horse. They can be fascinating or sometimes eerie, but mostly fascinating. I better rewind. I recently started a new project, a young adult novel with a very different tone than my last two. This one, it turns out, wants to be funny. I remember my agent once suggesting that I write something humorous, because I guess I can be a funny/quirky/eccentric person on occasion. When she said that, I thought, No way can I pull off humor, like, in every chapter. Talk about pressure. But to my surprise (and happiness), I’m finding that the funny comes without much effort on my part. Once again the characters volunteer to do the heavy lifting. But wait, I think I wandered off topic. Okay, so here I am, writing a book about an Italian Exchange student, when my fifteen year old daughter announces that [Read more…]
I am fortunate to have a publisher that runs my cover choices past me. This one’s been challenging, in part because Stolen Secrets is a combination of contemporary and historical chapters. Both tones must be represented on the front to attract the right readers. With my first book, League of Strays, I said yes to the first option, despite having a few concerns. I liked many aspects of it. But yes, Kade looks like the vampire from Twilight, and you can bet I heard about it from readers. This time, I’ve tried to be more honest and thoughtful, despite my guilt because I know that authors, traditionally, are expected to be low profile on such matters. I feel so lucky that Boyds Mills press takes my comments seriously and are determined to get the cover right. So now we move on to attempt number four…
I wasn’t sure what that was until I got them from my editor and asked. Basically it means that the major plot points work and characters are good to go, and now we’ve graduated to Word Tweak level. It also means we are close to that scary place called No More Changes… Okay, so this is only the first round. I get one or two more “Pass Pages,” but that’s it. This seems to be the point where authors (read: me) begin to freak out, dwelling on words that don’t feel quite clever enough, rhythms that are clunky as hell, metaphors we can’t quite pull from our muddled brains at the moment. It’s where we compare ourselves to every bestselling author alive and think, Couldn’t this be said, in like, a more awesome literary type way? First Pass Pages are exciting and terrifying. A step closer to the phrase, It is what it is.